Tuesday, August 9, 2016

More Minecraft Books for Kids - Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Review

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie is one of our favorite book series. I once posted an entry about Minecraft books for kids and inspiring boys to read (I also posted a fun craft called Make Your Own Minecraft Shrinky Dinks). Since then, many people have asked me for more recommendations and titles of other Minecraft books on the market. So it's time to share the Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series by Zack Zombie (formerly Herobrine Books), so you can see just why we love it so much.

First thing to note is that Minecraft doesn't have too many of its own books (as of the publication date of this entry anyway). Other than a few guide books from Scholastic, you won't find much to entertain young minds (they want you playing, not reading, after all). Luckily, a handful of independent authors have come forth and created their own fan fiction, based on the popular game (they are in no way affiliated with Mojang or the Minecraft company). The last entry I wrote focused on the Winter Morgan series and the Mark Cheverton series. This latest post is dedicated to the Zack Zombie Books collection (originally known as Herobrine Books).


What is Diary of a Minecraft Zombie About?

If you've ever read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, you'll get the general idea of these books. They are written from Zombie's point of view (from his actual diary, in fact). You'll get a peek into his everyday life, and meet some of his good friends, too, like Skelee, Slimey, and Creepy. You'll find that a Zombie's life isn't at all what you thought it would be. He's actually just a regular kid- well, aside from the pungent odor and green skin. He's even friends with a human, Steve, who lives on a farm (hey, you know him, right?).


What Age Group is Diary of a Minecraft Zombie for?

This series is recommended for ages 7 and up. The Jersey Momma's Boy is 6 (almost 7, he's quick to point out) and he did just fine reading them on his own (he is a strong reader). If your little one is not confident enough to read chapter books on his/her own, these make great read alouds, too. And you know what? You might think your child can't read these on their own, but you'd be surprised. When our book came in the mail, I handed it to The Jersey Momma's Boy in the backseat of the car. 'Look! Our book is here!' I exclaimed. I drove halfway down the road and realized he was reading the whole time. By the time we got to the store he said, 'I need a bookmark!' He had already finished the first two chapters!


Is There Anything Scary or Gross in These Books?

If your child is already used to playing Minecraft, then they know about all of the monsters who exist there- zombies, slime cubes, creepers, skeletons, spiders and more. But they are portrayed as funny and kind of cute in this series, so I highly doubt anyone could be frightened by them. Just like any kids' book, every now and then they'll mention boogers or butts, but nothing inappropriate and nothing more than to generate a giggle. And there is one little section in Book 3 where Zombie talks about puberty with his dad, and how his voice is growing deeper. I kind of glossed over that with The Jersey Momma's Boy. I didn't want to explain to him what puberty was yet, so I just changed the wording around while I was reading it out loud. Don't judge.


What Sets These Apart from Other Minecraft Series?

Okay, so there are a few positives that I have to highlight here. One is that this book series is cute and funny. We were reading these out loud and actually laughing. A few times I stopped and even said to my son, 'You know, these are really funny!'  Even The Jersey Grandpa picked up the book and read a few pages and started laughing. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. I also liked that they were in diary form. That means Zombie writes in short sentences and the chapters are quick reads. This series also has pictures! We were so happy to see little pictures throughout the pages- nothing fancy, just black and white images- but enough for my son to take notice and to break up the monotony of words.


What's Not So Great About This Series?

Some reviewers on Amazon complained that they didn't like the short sentences. But this is a diary, remember, so it's written like one (and honestly, some of the reviewers on Amazon are kids, so I'm reviewing this from a parent's perspective). Zombie tells you about his day and all of the things he's going through. I kind of liked that. It made the whole thing seem more personal, and it made Zombie really likable as a character.


How Many Books are in the Series?

Right now (as of the publication date of this entry), there are ten books in the Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series, with more to come. Zack Zombie (a.k.a. Herobrine Books in some older publications) also wrote some cool comic books based on Minecraft, too, which you can read about here. Two new series followed this one- Steve Potter and the Enderman's Stone and The Mobbit (which we haven't tackled yet, but they're on our must-read list).


Where Can I Find Them?

All of Zack Zombie's books are available on Amazon.  This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. You can read more about my affiliate links on my disclosure page. These days, you can also find them in many local bookstores and even through Scholastic!

Did You Know?? Diary of a Minecraft Zombie was even nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in 2016! Our old pal Zombie is  movin' up in the world!


Disclaimer:  Herobrine Books/Zack Zombie approached me and asked me if I wanted to review Diary of a Minecraft Zombie.  I was so excited by this prospect that I went ahead and purchased my own copy. Zack Zombie Books then sent me the first three books in the series in exchange for an honest review. And since I wound up with two copies of Book 1, I decided to raffle one off to a lucky reader.  Did you miss the contest? Then be sure to 'like' me on Facebook so you don't miss the next one! You can find Zack Zombie Books on Facebook, too, so be sure to stop by and tell them how much you love their series.













24 comments:

  1. It looks like a great book for boys :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is! I think girls would love it, too! I liked it, after all! Thanks for visiting, Marina!

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  2. I have been hiding my head in te sand when it comes to minecraft. I fear that the boys will soon be aware of it and my head will have to poke out. So when that day comes these books look great! Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky

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    1. Yes, Minecraft always seems to come creeping up sooner or later! lol But it's not all bad. Keep these bookmarked and you'll be set! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. My kids aren't into Minecraft yet, but I bet this will come in handy someday very soon! Thanks for linking up at MeetUp Monday! Hope to see you tomorrow!
    --Krista
    www.thequinntessentialmommy.com

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  4. Yeah Minecraft is everywhere. My boy follows this series. http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Craft/e/B00S5VGQGI

    This is a really well done blog. I write about horse stuff on mine. Yours is better.

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    1. Thanks, Ron! But horses are cool, too, so I'll have to check out your blog! And thanks for the link to the other Minecraft book series. We'll definitely look into them, too!

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  5. It's awesome ! But where can ı find these books ? Because ı'm turkish and this books don't sells in my country.

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    1. You can buy them on Amazon if they will ship to Turkey. Or you can try contacting Herobrine books directly from their Amazon page. Good luck!

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  6. So fun! I'll have to remember these for when my son is older!

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    1. Definitely keep them in mind for future use! Thanks for visiting!!

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  7. These look fun! Minecraft is not on my son's radar yet, but I'm sure it will be in a few years!

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    1. It most likely will be! Thanks for stopping by, Stefanie!

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  8. Loved it. I wonder why you didn't include battle of legends.
    https://www.amazon.com/Minecraft-Battle-Legends-Book-Unofficial/dp/1517097606

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    1. Mine, too, Grace! Thanks for commenting!

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  10. My grandson is doing a book report on book 3 and needs info on the author. When searched, there is no info. Can you help?

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    1. Hi Grammie! The author is a bit mysterious, isn't he? The best advice I can give you is to try emailing. You can reach him at info@zackzombiebooks.com. You could also try sending him a message through his Facebook page (the link to his Facebook page is in the article above). Good luck! What a great choice for a book report!

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  11. My grandson is doing a book report on book 3 and needs info on the author. When searched, there is no info. Can you help?

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